Interior Design and Architectural Drafting/Construction Technology (ID-AD)

Earn both associate degrees in three years

Students who are interested in taking both the Interior Design and Architectural Drafting/Construction Technology programs can do so under the new, joint offering, referred to as ID-AD, which can lead toward a path to two associate degrees in three years.

The dual degree option maximizes synergies between the Interior Design and Architectural Drafting/Construction Technology programs through the sharing of resources, such as faculty expertise, facilities and community programs.

Additionally, those taking ID-AD will graduate with additional skills making them more marketable to both industries.

The joint option features an abbreviated schedule, a diverse environment, and enhanced opportunities for collaboration and networking.

The ID-AD option totals 97 credits, and it is structured to be completed over six semesters. If the programs were taken separately, the total number of credits for both would total 136, which is a 39-credit difference.

For those who are not interested in taking ID-AD and want to focus on one specific area, the individual 67-credit Interior Design and 69-credit Architectural Drafting/Construction Technology programs are still available and can be completed in two years.

  • Prepare for jobs such as drafter, architectural designer, project manager or CAD (Computer-Aided Design) technician, design consultant, commercial environmental specialist, interior designer or showroom designer.
  • Internship experiences provide technical, hands-on learning in real-world settings.
  • Participation in the Architectural Club and/or the Interior Design Club provides further exposure to the architectural drafting/construction technology and interior design fields and helps students develop leadership skills, network and build camaraderie within the organizations.
  • Earn the opportunity to compete in statewide and national SkillsUSA architectural drafting competitions. SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce.
  • Select program credits may transfer to other institutions.
  • Biennial international study/tour opportunities expose students to architecture and design in countries throughout the world. In recent years, students have traveled to England, France, Italy, Greece, Prague, Budapest and Vienna.
  • Wages (Architectural Drafting/Construction Technology) of recent graduates per Graduate Follow-up Report
    • Salary Range: $32,000-$36,000
    • Average Salary: $34,074
    • Median Salary: $35,000
    • Average Entry-Level Salary: $34,000
    • Average Hourly Wage: $15.38
    • Three-year Avg. Salary for Full-time Related Employment: $33,530
  • Wages (Interior Design) of recent graduates per Graduate Follow-up Report
    • Salary Range: $21,000-$38,000
    • Average Salary: $29,683
    • Median Salary: $31,176
    • Average Hourly Wage: $13.65
    • Three-year Avg. Salary for Full-time Related Employment: $28,225

Required Courses

First Semester
  Course Num Course Name Credits
  304-100 Principles of Interior Design 3    
  304-121 Space Planning 2    
  614-107 Intro to Drafting3    
  614-110 Architectural AutoCAD3    
  801-196 Oral/Interpersonal Comm3 +  
  804-114 College Technical Math 1B2    
 
Total Semester Credits
16
   
Second Semester
  Course Num Course Name Credits
  304-103 Applied Textiles Interior Design3    
  304-129 Sales & Professional Develop2    
  801-136 English Composition 1 3    
  614-149 Materials and Methods3    
  804-116 College Technical Math 24    
 
Total Semester Credits
15
   
Third Semester
  Course Num Course Name Credits
  304-117 Kitchen & Bath Planning 3    
  304-128 Design Presentation2    
  304-101 History of Furniture 3    
    OR      
  614-104 Architectural History 3    
  614-128 Architectural Design Elements2    
  614-132 Commercial AutoCAD3    
  809-199 Psychology of Human Relations 3    
 
Total Semester Credits
16
   
Fourth Semester
  Course Num Course Name Credits
  614-135 Construction Tech3    
  614-144 Civil 3D CAD3    
  614-131 Residential Revit3    
  614-138 Structural Concepts 2    
  809-172 Intro to Diversity Studies 3    
  809-196 Intro to Sociology3    
 
Total Semester Credits
17
   
Fifth Semester
  Course Num Course Name Credits
  304-112 Intro to Commercial Design4    
  304-126 ID/Arch Internship 12    
  614-134 Arch Building Codes1    
  614-165 Building Estimating 2    
  809-195 Economics 3    
  806-143 College Physics 13    
 
Total Semester Credits
15
   
Sixth Semester
  Course Num Course Name Credits
  304-111 Applied Interior Design 3    
  304-127 ID/Arch Internship 2 1    
  304-118 Advanced Commercial Design 3    
    OR      
  304-119 Residential Design 3    
  614-137 Sustainable Building 3    
  614-141 Comm. Revit3    
  614-146 Arch Design Studio 4    
 
Total Semester Credits
17
   
+ (Proficiency Exam Available)
* (Prerequisites or substitutes may apply to this class.)

Meet your Instructors

Program instructor, Patrick Seitz

Patrick Seitz

Phone: 262.691.5151

Education

  • BS – Architectural Studies, University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee
  • Master of Architecture, University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee

Certifications

  • AIA (Registered Architect)
  • LEED Green Associate

Teaching Philosophy

"Rather than explain complexity, a teacher should reveal simplicity." (Paraphrase of Robert Brault)

Program instructor, Brooks Kyler-Eberlein

Brooks Kyler-Eberlein

Phone: 262.691.5307

Education

  • BA, Ottawa University
  • AAS, WTC

Certifications

  • Interior Design Educators Council (IDEC), affiliation

Teaching Philosophy

"Learning is to be embraced at any age. My aim is to promote a positive attitude, approach and environment conducive to critical thinking and learning. The classroom should be an environment that encourages – not discourages – the goals, aims and ambitions of all who attend."

Program instructor, Leslie Lawton

Leslie Lawton

Phone: 262.691.5307

Education

  • BS, Interior Design, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Certifications

  • National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ)
  • Wisconsin Registered Interior Designer

Teaching Philosophy

"Success is not final, failure is not fatal: It is the courage to continue that counts." – Winston Churchill